How to clean a silk ficus tree


How To Take Care Of A Fake Ficus Tree (Complete guide!)

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Ficus trees (also commonly known as Fig Trees) are among the most popular indoor plant species. With over 850 different species, Ficus trees make for excellent bonsai trees. Now Ficus species require a lot of sunlight, so the popularity of fake Ficus trees is booming. A common question I have then for my fake Ficus is how to take care of a fake ficus tree? 

To care for a fake Ficus, use a duster to remove all dust. For excessive stains and dust, spray with compressed air or mix a solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray your tree. Then individually wipe down each of the leaves of the tree. 

So what are the different methods you can follow in cleaning a fake Ficus? And what strategies should you avoid? Keep reading to find out how to take care of a fake ficus tree!

How to take care of a fake ficus tree?

Fake trees can make a massive difference to our homes and are scientifically proven to help reduce stress.  

While fake Ficus trees can add a much-needed pop of color in a lot of our dreary homes, the truth is these can be dust magnets. 

After a few days in my bathroom, my fake Ficus was slowly collecting dust in many hard-to-reach areas. 

I needed to clean my fake Ficus, so I got in touch with a few cleaning experts and surveyed 10 Plant Paladin readers who keep artificial Ficus trees indoors – asking them how to take care of a fake Ficus tree and more importantly, how to clean a fake Ficus tree. 

To summarize: 

  • Cleaning a fake Ficus or other fake plants with a fabric or feather duster once per week will usually be enough to keep a fake Ficus clean. 
  • For fake Ficus trees that are especially dirty, you will need to deep clean your faux Ficus. 

Other methods to clean a fake Ficus that have excessive amounts of dust, dirt, and grime build-up then include: 

  • Individually cleaning the leaves with a damp cloth or wet wipe
  • Spraying the fake Ficus with a solution of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and wiping down 
  • Using compressed air to force the dust out from hard to reach areas 
  • Place the fake Ficus in a bowl of warm water and liquid soap 
  • Placing the fake Ficus in the shower 
  • Use cornflower and black back to shake the dust out of your tree.  

Each of these methods will vary in results, but I recommend doing a deep clean at least once every three months between gentle dust downs to ensure your Ficus remains clean. 

Let’s explore these cleaning options in more detail:

Use a duster 

The best and most frequent method to remove dust from your fake Ficus would be to use a duster or brush. 

Using a duster is the fastest method and can take as little as three to four minutes to do. 

What is good about this method is it allows you to keep on top of the dirt on your fake Ficus, meaning you won’t have to deep clean your Ficus as frequently. 

I like to do this once per week – I keep my fake Ficus in the shower room, making it convenient for me to do so. 

While feather dusters can work well for this, using a fabric or microfibre duster will work best. 

Extend the duster to the right size for your faux Ficus and place your duster on the larger leaves of your fake Ficus and then push the dust away from the tree.  

It is essential not to shimmy the duster around and stick to one smooth direction that you will move the dust off the tree. 

Shimmying the duster around will instead cause the dust to get stuck in the hard-to-reach areas of your tree. 

In terms of a duster, I recommend considering using a duster with an expandable handle – something like the Delux microfibre duster works best – you can grab it here (the link takes you to Amazon) 

Wipe with a cloth 

A better option than using a general duster is to use a microfibre cloth or wet wipe to wipe down the fake Ficus. 

This method will be slightly more time-consuming than using a duster – typically taking 10 to 15 minutes to clean a small fake Ficus tree compared to the 2 to 3 minutes of using a duster. 

While you can use a dry cloth for this, in my experience, soaking a cloth and then ringing it dry allows for the best results.  

To use then: 

Start by rinsing and ringing your microfibre cloth. 

Start with the large leaves, and again, wipe the leaves down away from the direction of the tree. 

Ensure you don’t forget about the bottom of the leaves. 

If the cloth gets too dusty on one side, fold it to use the clean part of the cloth. 

Repeat the process until you get to the smallest leaves. 

Then wipe down the pot and fake soil of the artificial Ficus tree with the same cloth. 

Finally, I would recommend switching to a wet wipe to clean the smaller, more difficult-to-reach areas of your tree – this would include the stems, branches, or ridges and groves your fake Ficus tree might have. 

In terms of cloth, I would recommend using a quality microfiber cloth that is easy to fold, such as Amazon’s Basics range (link takes you to Amazon). 

Shake the tree

Another easy method to clean your fake Ficus would be simply shaking the tree to remove any loose excess dust.  

Shaking the tree works well if your ake Ficus is more prominent in size (more than 1 meter tall). 

Move the tree outdoors and shake thoroughly to remove any built-up excess dust. 

Following this method once per week typically works well. 

Canned air 

So you might have done the first three methods – which, I’ll be honest, worked like a treat for my fake Ficus, but find that you still have a lot of dust stuck in had to reach areas. 

When you haven’t cleaned or dusted a fake Ficus tree in a while, the dust will harden and is more difficult to clean. 

Luckily, this, too, can easily be removed. 

If you have this stubborn dust that won’t dissipate, one of the best tools you can invest in is to blast your Ficus with compressed canned air. 

Move your fake Ficus trees into an outdoor space to not blast dust indoors. 

Gently take the cap off the compressed air and point the needle/nozzle of your air bottle directly at the spaces with a lot of dust.  

Moving the nozzle is typically easy as most gas bottles have smaller-sized nozzles. 

After 3 to 5 sprays, the gas should have blasted any excess dust and dirt away. 

Then wipe down the tree using either of the previous methods to ensure that any excess dust has dissipated. 

In terms of compressed gas that I would recommend, consider using Falcon Dust Can, which I find works particularly well for fake plants. 

You can grab it here – The link takes you to Amazon. 

Vinegar and water 

Sometimes, strong smells can occur when the dust has been left on a fake Ficus tree or fake plant in general for too long. 

If you notice your fake Ficus is starting to smell, consider using this method to clean your fake Ficus and reduce the smell. 

In a spray bottle, pour in 150ml of water and 150ml of vinegar of your choice. 

If your spray bottle is more significant, use equal parts water and vinegar.  

Then, give this solution mix to ensure the solution emulsifies. 

Attach the top nozzle, and give it a quick shake.

Then move your tree outdoors to avoid getting vinegar all over your house.

Spray all parts of your fake Ficus thoroughly with this mixture. 

Let the vinegar site for 5 to 10 minutes, and then wipe down clean either using a wet wipe or damp microfibre cloth. 

Silk plant cleaner 

While the vinegar/water solution will work well, it might not be that effective if your vinegar is out of date or a little tame. 

On top of this, some but not all vinegar can even strip the color and shine from your tree. 

Thankfully, if you own a silk-based fake Ficus tree, several purpose-built silk plant cleaners are available that work like a charm on artificial Ficus trees. 

To use, move your fake Ficus tree outside ( you will be spraying with chemicals after all) 

Then gently and slowly press the trigger to squeeze out the silk plant cleaner solution.  

Aim to keep the nozzle 8 to 10 inches away from your tree. 

Leave the spray to dry like the instructions of your silk plant cleaner of choice permit, and then wipe down and move back indoors. 

Folex Silk plant cleaner is what I would recommend when you can buy it on Amazon here

Place in the shower 

Another easy method that works very well is to move your fake Ficus tree in the shower. 

I would avoid using hot or warm water for this as it could potentially cause the color to run from your fake Ficus. 

Instead, use the cold water or temperatures lower than 12 degrees. 

Then, hold the showerhead in one hand and thoroughly rinse your fake Ficus. 

I would avoid leaving your shower head attached to the wall and leaving it to shower the Ficus from the wall as you will miss a lot of the underside and the tree. 

Now, if you have a fake Ficus tree that has some organic elements to it, such as mosses or soil, keep these covered with a black bag to prevent 

Submerge your Ficus in water 

Another fantastic option to take care of and clean your fake Ficus is to wash it thoroughly in a sink/large bowl.  

To use this method, fill your sink or bowl with lukewarm water until it has enough in to submerge your tree’s leaves. 

Pour a tablespoon of liquid soap and mix with your hands until bubbles start to form.

Then cover the part of your tree you do not want to be submerged in water – mainly the pot or any organic material on your fake Ficus. 

This fake Ficus has been wrapped in a sealable plastic bag with two rubber bands to keep the bag tight.

Gently place the leaves of your fake Ficus in the water/soap solution until submerged. 

You may also need to use your hand to manually pour water on any harder-to-reach areas or leaves that stick out.

Leave for about 5 to 10 minutes and pat dry with a towel. 

Finish off by wiping away any hard-to-reach water residue or remaining dust with a microfibre cloth. 

Use Cornmeal 

The final method of cleaning your fake Ficus is a variation on the “shake your fake Ficus” method.  

Get a plastic bag/trash bag and fill it with 3 to 4 tablespoons of cornmeal or salt until it is at the bottom.

Tightly wrap the bag around your Ficus, util only the base or pot are exposed.

 

An example of how to wrap the bottom of a fake Ficus using two rubber bands and a sealable sandwich bagWrapping a faux Ficus with a recyclable carrier bag and one rubber band

Then gently place the top of your fake Ficus that you want to clean in the bag, and using some tape, cover until you have formed a sea around the leaves of the tree – ideally, leave the pot exposed outside. 

Then, thoroughly shake the tree, which should remove excess dirt from the tree’s leaves. 

Turn the tree upside down and shake thoroughly

What do you need to clean a fake Ficus? 

To clean your fake Ficus, I would strongly recommend using the following items: 

  • A microfibre cloth 
  • A spray bottle 
  • Liquid soap 
  • Vinegar 
  • Wet wipes 
  • Microfibre duster 
  • Plastic bags/trash bags 
  • A hairdryer
  • Cornmeal 
  • Silk plant cleaner 

How often should you clean a fake Ficus? 

A fake Ficus can be lightly cleaned once per week, either by dusting or wiping. You can undertake a more robust clean every few months using liquid soap and lukewarm water.  

How to clean fake Ficus bonsai trees?

Unlike regular fake Ficus trees, artificial Ficus bonsai usually have more nooks and crannies for dust, dirt, and grime to accumulate. So is cleaning a fake Ficus bonsai tree different from cleaning a regular indoor Ficus tree. 

Cleaning a fake Ficus bonsai tree is no different from cleaning an artificial Ficus tree. Consider spraying with a silk plant spray or a vinegar/water spray bottle for a deep clean. Wipe with a damp cloth and use a cotton swab to get to all the hard-to-reach areas. 

Should you shine artificial Ficus?

You can polish a fake Ficus to add shine back to the leaves. Use a bespoke fake plant polisher such as silk plant cleaner, or consider using hairspray to add shine back to your tree’s leaves. 

How to take care of a fake ficus tree – What to avoid?

As fake/faux Ficus trees are, well, not real, they are super easy to care for and, aside from the occasional clean, can be a set and forget indoor prop.  

If you plan to keep your fake Ficus tree around for years to come, you can do a few things to ensure it stays pristine. 

These include: 

Keep away from direct sunlight

While natural Ficus trees love sunlight (or artificial light if you keep indoors), holding a fake Ficus in direct sunlight can potentially cause damage. 

Sunlight mainly affects the shine and color of the leaves. 

Anyone who has kept a painting on the wall only to move it after a few years can see the sun damage caused t the walls compared to the spot underneath the picture, and the same goes for Ficus. 

To prevent then, consider moving your faux Ficus into rooms of your house that do not have direct sunlight – I find that keeping them in the bathroom works exceptionally well. 

Place the fake Ficus where you see them. 

The whole purpose of fake Ficus trees is to provide greenery and the benefits of looking at flora. 

One of the most significant ways people don’t take care of their fake Ficus trees is by not having them where they can see them.  

Fake Ficus then can bring the added benefits of reducing stress, anxiety, and a sense of calmness, so keep where you can see it. 

Check for insects

When people ask the question of how to take care of a fake ficus tree, one of the things they often don’t concern themselves with is insect infestations.

While organic Ficus have natural insect-repelling abilities, the same can’t be said for fake Ficus trees. 

Now you won’t find insects such as Aphids, Scale, Spider-mites, or Caterpillar eating the flowers or bark of your tree like this will regular plants; however, it is common to find insects nesting in your fake Ficus as they look for shelter. 

Check your fake Ficus regularly for signs of insect infestation and blast with water to remove them. 

Can you put fake Ficus in a dishwasher? 

If your manufacturer mentions it on the label, packaging, or tree, you can only put your fake Ficus in the dishwasher. If the manufacturer does not say this, placing your Ficus in the dishwasher is not safe. 

Putting a fake Ficus in a dishwasher when your manufacturer has not mentioned it can cause the dye to spread, ruining the color of your fake Ficus and even rip your fake tree to shreds in severe cases. 

Can you spray your fake Ficus with water? 

You can spray your fake Ficus with water from a spray bottle to clean your tree. Mix water with liquid soap or a few tablespoons of vinegar for best results.

How to update your faux Ficus tree?

One of the best ways to update your faux Ficus tree is to repaint the leaves and branches of your tree. Over time, the color from your fake Ficus will fade, so painting them will help improve the tree’s appearance.  

However, ensure to use waterproof paint, so the color does not strip off when you clean your tree. 

Consider trimming the leaves of your fake Ficus that have wilted over time and get replacement plastic leaves to further update your unnatural Ficus’s appearance.  

Finally, set a regular schedule to dust and clean your fake Ficus. 

How to remove stains from a fake Ficus?

To remove tough stains from a fake Ficus, mix one tablespoon of liquid soap with 1 liter of water and stir thoroughly. Place into a spray bottle and spray directly on the stain. Rub in with a microfiber cloth. Repeat until the stain has disappeared. 

This method can be repeated every 24 hours and is a staple in people finding out how to take care of a fake Ficus tree.

Why do people use a fake Ficus? 

Many of you will be thinking, why use a fake Ficus? After all, is it not easier to buy the real thing. 

The main reasons then why people choose faux Ficus trees over natural species are: 

  • Allergies – Sadly, some people have sensitivities to pollen and other micro-particles that some fig trees produce., As such, the only realistic way to have a Ficus tree would be to invest in a clean one 
  • Upkeep – While Ficus trees are relatively easy-going, they still require plenty of sunlight, watering, and fertilizer. As such, faux plants are easy to care for alternative, only needing cleaning properly once every few months. 
  • Location – Natural Ficus trees require a lot of sunlight and warm temperatures to thrive. These can be hard to meet, so faux Ficus makes a worthy alternative.
  • Cost – Some Ficus varieties can be expensive, the rarer they are. Faux Ficus trees then are a much cheaper alternative, having no ongoing costs such as fertilizer or soil. 

Now, if you are exploring not just how to take care of a fake ficus tree but also a regular Ficus tree, I believe the following posts would help: 

  • How to straighten a Ficus tree
  • Do Ficus trees like coffee grounds
  • How fast do ficus trees grow
  • How long do Ficus trees live
  • Is Ficus toxic to cats? 
  • Why is my Ficus turning yellow?
  • Do Ficus trees have berries?
  • Do Ficus trees produce seeds?

Where to place a fake Ficus tree? 

Home offices, bathrooms, kitchens, and living rooms are fantastic options for keeping faux Ficus trees. The best place to hold a fake Ficus is where you will regularly see it to get the mental health benefits associated with artificial plants. 

This post was written by Fehed Nicass who has been passionate about bonsai for over 3 years. He currently resides in the UK and works in sales.

How to Clean Artificial Plants and Trees?


Cleaning Your Silk Plants and Trees

Artificial greenery works best in any design scheme devoid of charm and interest. Fake plants are fantastic for any space that could do with a pop of refreshing color and appeal. And the best part about them is that they bring all the style and serenity to space without any hassles. This is why they have become so popular in the design world and are office essentials. They are decorations of choice for people blessed with the art of killing plants with neglect and for businesses that want attractive surroundings without devoting too much time and resources.

Importance of Taking Care of Artificial Plants and Trees

Over time, artificial plants, trees, and flowers attract dust and become dirty. However, caring for faux plants and trees is comparatively easier and less time-consuming than their real counterparts. You need little yet timely maintenance to clean artificial plants and trees and once you’re done they will look as rejuvenating and as chic as they did the day you unboxed and installed them.

The leaves, petals, and even stems of artificial plants and flowers tend to lose their sheen over time as dust collects over them. Proper cleaning techniques and regular upkeep are needed to keep them at their refreshing best and make them last for an extended period. Here is an easy guide with a few simple tips on how to clean silk plants.

Best Way to Clean Fake Plants

Step 1: Pick Away Debris

Due to high traffic or wind, strong pressure, or any other reason, some leaves or petals or even stems may fall off or get stuck in your plant or flower arrangement. Pick away any piece of debris you come across and keep your faux tree or plant clean and tidy. You will also come across some debris in the plant container. Pick them and discard them.

Step 2: Dusting with Soft-Bristle Paintbrush

Regular cleaning and dusting once a week is highly recommended with the help of a soft-bristle paintbrush. Begin cleaning your silk plant or faux flower arrangement from the top and work your way to the bottom so that the dirt does not fall on the parts you’ve cleaned before. Gently brush each part of the leaf, petal, and stem until they’re clean. The best part about using a paintbrush for this purpose is that they tend to be far gentler than the likes of feather dusters and other dusting equipment and are really efficient when it comes to cleaning difficult nooks and corners of delicate foliage. If you don’t dust the plants regularly, then it will form a rigid layer on the foliage and will become hard to remove.

Step 3: Blowing Compressed Air

Blowing compressed air (using a hairdryer set to cool) all over your plant or tree is the fastest and easiest way of cleaning your artificial plants. It is a far simpler method as compared to the paintbrush one. If you can easily transform your fake plant or tree outdoors, then the spraying of compressed air should take place there as the process blows dust everywhere and will make your entire space a dusty mess. If you cannot move your foliage, then make sure that you cover everything in the vicinity with a cover or a bed sheet, and then proceed. 

Step 4: Using a Damp Cloth

If your artificial plant or tree has developed marks or stains on them or they have some stubborn dirt layer, then you can use a damp cloth to wipe it down. Before using water on your plants, make sure that you check it for colorfastness. Wipe a small part of the leaf with the damp cloth and observe the spot for any fading. Do not dip the cloth in any cleaning solution or harsh chemical which will make the color of the plant and flowers fade. Only water must be used for cleaning purposes. Once done, use a kitchen towel to dry the foliage. This will avoid any breakage and will get rid of the shiny finish.

Step 5: Cleaning the Container of the Potted Plant or Tree

Plant containers can be easily cleaned with a cloth. You can also vacuum the planter of the artificial plant or tree with the hose of the vacuum cleaner. Planters are made of different materials. In the case of delicate ones or LED planters, just gently dust them to remove any dust.

Neglecting plants will definitely cause their downfall in real as well as faux plants and trees. Artificial greenery looks like the real thing without any watering or pruning, but that doesn’t mean you can put them away for months. A little care and cleaning of artificial trees and leaves will go a long way in maintaining their aura and appeal. Just a few minutes every week will give you a polished artificial plant which in turn will keep your design scheme interesting and refined. 

How to clean ficus? - Ficus Consales

Among all indoor plants, ficus gives a feeling of closeness to nature, and also serves to purify indoor air. This plant of Asian origin requires care. Even if you don't necessarily have a green finger, taking care of one is easy. However, this requires a minimum of willpower. Ficus is an ideal plant for decorating any interior, such as a living room or office. You should know that the ficus should be placed in a place that gives it good light, ideal temperature which averages 20°C and quite high humidity. One day your ficus may get dirty.

The leaves of your ficus can get dirty for reasons that are not always obvious. It can be caused by insects such as mealybugs or mites such as red spiders. However, it can also be the result of working in your home. Here are 5 ways to help you effectively clean ficus leaves.

How to clean ficus leaves?

When we notice spots on ficus leaves, it's normal to wonder what can be done to remove them and bring back the foliage's sheen. There are several solutions for this. Here are five solutions to this problem.

1. Cleaning the ficus with water.

To remove dust from ficus leaves, take a soft sponge, soak it in warm water and wipe the dirty surfaces. This will give good results without damaging the ficus. However, such cleaning is not always effective if persistent stains have stuck to the ficus. However, we can say that this will clean your leaves and give them the necessary amount of moisture. If you notice that a white substance is leaking from the ficus, you will need to spray water onto the leaves with a spray.

2. Cleaning the ficus with alcohol.

this solution is ideal if your ficus foliage has been attacked by insects such as mealybugs, aphids or mites such as spider mites. To do this, it is enough to moisten the cloth with 90 ° alcohol and wipe the leaves. Small animals will suffocate and your foliage will return to its original state. Beer containing alcohol helps clean the ficus foliage and remove tough stains like paint when watering the ficus. It also helps fight insects.

3. Cleaning ficus with soap.

Soaps are available depending on the size of the stain and its cause. If it's a simple grease stain, all you have to do is use Marseille soap. Use a cloth and some warm water to clean. Lightly rub the dirty areas and the stains will disappear. On the other hand, if the ficus is attacked by insects or mites, it is necessary to use a different type of soap, insecticidal soap, which allows you to clean and kill them.

4. Cleaning ficus with vegetable oil.

this type of product is a natural remedy for honeydew present on ficus leaves. It is a viscous and transparent substance that is the sweet secretion of insects such as green aphids. If you apply vegetable oil to the foliage of a ficus, the animals will suffocate, and the substance that is honeydew will disappear.

5. Cleaning ficus with black soap and alcohol.

This solution is a natural remedy for small animals ravaging your foliage. You just need to spray the mixture on any leaves affected by honeydew or white spots left by mealybugs. Remember to add some water to reduce the alcohol content. The advantage of this mixture is that it gets rid of insects and does not attack the foliage of your plant.

A few tips that may help you to effectively clean ficus

Your ficus leaves are very sensitive. They easily retain dust and various stains such as paint or grease, as well as other organic substances. To clean stains, you first need to know what might have caused them. If your ficus has been attacked by insects or mites, it deserves to be given the necessary funds. however, always give preference to natural products.

If possible, avoid using chemicals, such as various detergents available in your home, to clean the ficus. It could have attacked him.

Your ficus can release a white substance, you should beware of it, it is toxic and can harm the health of your plant. Take warm water and pour it all over the foliage.

Use demineralized water or rainwater for water treatment if possible.

Ficus care at home

Ficus has been and remains the most popular houseplant in the world. Various types adorn our living rooms and offices. Ficus originally comes from Africa, but also from South America, Australia and Asia. Ficus belongs to the Moraceae or Mulberry plant family. Ficus can have quite a variety of appearances, such as Lyrata or Lyrata ficus with large leaves, Benjamin's ficus on fancy trunks, or Microcarp's ficus, which resembles a bonsai houseplant.

Watering Ficus

The soil of the ficus should always be slightly moist, but the roots should not be in the water. Therefore, it is wise to water with a small amount of water at a time. Do not water until the soil is dry. It is important to check in time whether the houseplant receives the required amount of moisture. If the soil is still very wet after 6 days, the plant will receive too much water. If the soil is already dry after 2 days, add some more water.

The amount of water depends on temperature, plant size and light intensity. There should be absolutely no layer of water at the bottom of the pot. The soil must be able to absorb all the moisture. Ficus consumes half the water in winter than in summer.

Spraying

Spray the ficus regularly to remove dust and prevent the appearance of spider mites. Water should be separated and at room temperature. To compensate for drought when heaters are turned on indoors in winter, spraying is preferably two to three times a week. Thus, spraying ficus is beneficial for its vitality and favorable prosperity.

Light and warmth

Ficus needs a lot of sunlight. Preferably at least 5 hours of direct sunlight per day. This can be done by placing the plant 2-3 meters in front of a south-facing window, or directly in front of a north, west, or east-facing window. If this houseplant is further from the window, growth will not be as fast.

Switching to direct sunlight can cause leaf scorching. Therefore, gradually place the ficus closer to the window so that the plant can get used to direct sunlight.

Minimum temperature

During the day - 18 ℃.
At night - 15 ℃.

Ficus transplant

Ficus can be transplanted in the spring or immediately after purchase. Spring is preferable because any damaged roots will regenerate faster. Repeat this process every 3-4 years. Do this sooner if the pot gets too small. Ficus usually grows faster after transplanting. Postpone transplanting for a year if the houseplant gets too big.

Place the plant in a planter or pot that is at least 20% wider and use regular soil. Do not use hydrogranules on the bottom. Stagnant water that collects between the hydrogranules can be less easily reached by the roots and starts to rot.

It is important not to give Ficus too much water for some time after the transplant. This makes the roots look for water faster. A larger root system ensures a healthier plant.

A larger pot stimulates growth, improves plant health, and creates a larger water buffer because the soil can absorb more moisture.

Ficus fertilizer

Do not feed indoor plants in winter. Fertilize should be in spring or autumn, but if the plant is weakened, then feeding is allowed throughout the year. For example, growth stimulants or general strengthening agents. Look at the correct dosage before fertilizing on the packaging. Never use more than indicated. Overfeeding will not benefit the houseplant, the soil may become too acidic and the roots will not be able to absorb water normally.

Ficus health

Leaf problems

Ficus may lose some foliage due to too low light intensity. Especially after buying in the winter, the ficus will arrange a small leaf fall. In this case, do not give more water than usual. Too much water can also cause leaf loss on the plant. If possible, place the houseplant a little closer to a window in winter. In the spring, the plant will fully recover, with proper care.

The same goes for yellow leaves. One yellow leaf should not cause concern. If, after a longer period of time with the same regularity, the ficus shows yellow leaves, then the plant needs to be fertilized.

Brown leaves are often the result of too much or too little water.

Gray leaves can be a sign of spider mites, in which case we recommend dealing with this chemical pesticide.

Ficus pruning

Prune the ficus every fall, or if the plant gets too big. This is necessary so that the houseplant remains beautiful and compact, without ugly shoots. Ficus Lyrata is an exception and is best pruned in May. Ficus Lyrata needs more strength, and it makes no sense to waste it on small and unnecessary shoots. The pruned branch will form multiple arrows in the spring. Trim better with a special garden pruner. The cut points can be sprinkled with ashes or a special ointment. Note that a trimmed ficus will require less water if many leaves have been removed.

Reproduction

Cuttings are best done in early spring. At a minimum temperature of 22 degrees, let the cutting root in moist peat and sand. To reach these temperatures you can place a plastic bag around the handle. Since the air cannot escape, the temperature gets higher.

Ficus flowers

Ficus flowering is not striking. This is a fairly rare and unpredictable occurrence. If this happens, we recommend removing the flowers. The flowers cost the plant a lot of the energy it can put into its leaves and vitality.

Diseases

The sooner the pests are destroyed, the greater the chance that the houseplant will survive. Therefore, it is important to carefully look under and between the leaves for the presence of beetles and other parasites every 3 months. In summer, you can rinse the ficus in a summer rain shower, thus removing pests and dust at an early stage. However, stay out of direct and bright sunlight.

Types

Many types of ficus are known all over the world, below are the most popular types of ficus.

Ficus Amstel King

Ficus Amstel King has the longest and narrowest leaves of all ficus species.

Ficus Benjamina

The classic among Ficuses is Ficus Benjamin. This beautiful and graceful Ficus has heart-shaped dark green leaves.

Ficus Ciastipulla

It has large leaves and is suitable for a darker place than a regular ficus.

Ficus elastica Abidjan (rubber tree)

All Elastic have dense, large leaves that are not prone to falling off. Abidjan has dark red leaves. At the top of the plant is a red arrow, many people think that this is a ficus flower, but this is how this ficus develops its leaf.

Ficus Exotica

This ficus is well suited for weaving trunks, turning it into a spiral or a whole structure.

Ficus Starlight

Colorful Ficus is Ficus Starlight, green leaves with white edging.

Ficus Lyrata (tobacco factory)

The most noble and expensive ficus is the ficus lyrata, lyre-shaped, also known as the tobacco tree.


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